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by nwrugs July 07, 2017


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Part of our everyday work with clients is guiding them to the perfect rug and making sure that rug fits all their needs. We ask a wide range of questions about where the rug will be placed, the type of traffic it will get, and what effects the client would like the rug to provide for the room - such as warm it up, make it look bigger, act as a focal point, or how to work with multiple rugs in one space.  Here we share some of our most popular tips.

TIP 1: COLOR: Don’t spend hours trying to match colors exactly. It doesn’t happen in nature, and if you try too hard, you’ll end up with an artificial look. One trick designers use often, especially when doing a room from scratch or re-doing a room, is to start with a rug and pull the color choices from there. If you're afraid to go bold with color, start small. A tribal rug is a great beginning, they go with everything. Over-time, you will discover a favorite color in it and you can match that color with the walls or vice versa. The great thing about rugs with a lot of color and design elements is that you are not locked into any one aspect and you can change up the color of the walls several times over the life of the rug.

Color Matching

Dark colors make objects appear smaller and light colors do the opposite, making objects or spaces appear larger. If your space is small try using a light colored rug to make your room have a more expansive look.

Cool Colors

Many get hung up on color matching, getting an exact shade match. This is probably the most common frustration. Relax …. colors should not match exactly. The golden rule – stick with similar hues and it will all work out perfectly. Think of a bed of roses. All the rose colors don’t match – in fact there are probably hundreds of shades of colors in ONE rose bush – different greens in the leaves, gradations of color in the petals. Color is the least of problems.

Color matching

TIP 2: RUG SIZE: The number one mistake for most people is getting a rug that is too small. Rugs that exceed the edges of the furniture can make a room appear larger. We like to say any rug size can work but some rugs are just too small. A small rug makes everything else look out of scale. The rug sets the ground for what rests on it. Also, be sure to check out our  rug sizes guide.

Small Rug

Perfect Size Rug

TIP 3: MIXING RUGS: Mixing rugs can be easy. However, unlike matching your rug with the colors on a wall, your floor will speak loud if those colors clash. The easy way is to stick with the same color palette but change the design. You can also start with a natural rug and work from there. If you want to go bold then do it! Just be mindful of the rugs style.

SAME RUG IN ONE ROOM: In regards to the same rug but different sizes in a room, the simple response is of course you can! We are big believers in what you like, works for you! The same rug can combine a room and bring it together. It's like adding plants throughout your space. However, ff you do this, I would mix up the color scheme in each area. Ex. don't copy and paste your living room colors into your dining room. Put a different flare on each space! But in the end, do what feels best to you! It is your space and you need to love it!

Bad Mix of rugs

Same Colors Rugs Matching

Neutral Color Rugs matching

Going Bold Color matching

TIP 4: WARM UP YOUR SPACE: An area rug is one of those details that makes your room’s decor feel “finished.” It can also help warm up or soften hard surfaces like wood and tile flooring, which can come off looking and feeling cold underfoot... especially long hallways that can appear cavernous.

Empty Hallway


Runners Hallway

TIP 5: RUG MATERIAL The most popular material in rugs are wool but synthetics and viscose make up a huge market share as well. Many people come in asking what material should they choose and the answer for us is always wool. However, wool tends to have a higher price point compared to synthetics. Viscose is used as a replacement to silk. It has the same feel as silk but lays like wool. It also has the advantage of being a little easier on your pocket book but keep in mind, nothing beats true silk.  


ABOUT WOOL: There are many grades of wool. Generally wool from sheep that are from higher altitude areas is finer, the neck and belly area also have finer wool. The wool from young healthy animals is better. Live wool, the only kind you want, is sheared from a live animal, while dead wool is chemically removed from dead animal. The dead wool has no oils and is rough to the touch.

TIP 6: SHOPPING: Bring your fabric swatches, paint chips and flooring samples (carpeting, wood flooring, tile, etc.) to coordinate the perfect look. Also, create a photo album on your smartphone or a private Pin Board on Pinterest where you can store photos of your home, closeups of windows, room details, furniture etc. This way you have your home with you wherever you go and won't be tempted to make an impulsive buy that doesn't fit with your vision. AND, this is so important, measure everything in your space and keep a list of those measurements with you at all times. Include sizes of chair heights, window frames, doorways, room size, and sizes of pieces of furniture or accessories you are hoping to find, like mirrors or paintings. 


TIP 7: BONUS TIP: "Saturate your mind with images of interiors and color stories you feel excited about." says Elsie Larson of  Red Velvet

She continues, "Once you've collected enough images and had time to analyze them, you'll pick up on the trends and patterns that you're drawn to and can then think about how to incorporate those into your own home."


Lastly,  DO NOT BE AFRAID to ask lots of questions when shopping. Our team is knowledgeable and prepared to answer any questions you have. Our goal is to help you make your home beautiful, comfortable, and something you can be proud of creating for your family and friends


by nwrugs


September 13, 2018

Thanks for posting about the carpet printing that really helpful for home decoration. Great


August 28, 2018

Could you provide purchase information for the rug in the very top photo? The colorful one with the sectional and leather chair. Thank you.

Rug Source

March 09, 2018

It is fabulous! Mixing of rug also makes great look.Put a different flare on each space is also awesome.

Christy Greagor

February 18, 2018

Love your site!

Paula Caudill

February 17, 2018

I love the tips and great advice, who would have known, that lighter makes objects seem larger, and opposite of dark..not me! I have learned a lot just reading the this, thank you!

Catrina S

February 14, 2018

Great tips. I’m still learning how to pick the right rug. Trial and error is too expensive! Love the tips on color and size! Less is more!

NW Rugs & Furniture

February 13, 2018

Hi Everyone,

In regards to the same rug but different sizes in a room, the simple response is of course you can! We are big believers in what you like, works for you! The same rug can combine a room and bring it together. It’s like adding plants throughout your space. However, ff you do this, I would mix up the color scheme in each area. Ex. don’t copy and paste your living room colors into your dining room. Put a different flare on each space! But in the end, do what feels best to you! It is your space and you need to love it!


February 10, 2018

Really great advice . Very organic ideas how to relax into design and not be intimidated.


February 10, 2018

Is it horrible if I use two of the same? I seem to getting the message online that’s its a no no but I’ve tried pairing and it looks off.


February 07, 2018

I was wondering about the same thing about the two same design different size rugs in a great room. , I haven’t received a reply neither but I’m beginning to believe that would it would look okay

Toyzette Jefferson

January 25, 2018

I have a rug that has a cream background with flowers. The flower colors are red orange, gold, blue and have green and brown leaves and stems. I would like to buy a couch but what color? The blue is a light version of navy blue. I don’t really want a light color couch but will consider it. Can you help?

Steph Y

January 24, 2018

I’m shopping for an area rug for my foyer to compliment my gold glass top console table. My foyer has a lot of tan, brown and gold. I’d like to use the area rug to breakup the existing color scheme, but I’m not sure what’s the right pop color. Your advise is greatly appreciated!

Susan Bianco-Rennell

January 11, 2018

I have the same question as someone earlier but did not see an answer. Is it okay to put the same rug in a different size or shape in the same connecting area? For example a dining room and living room that are all one big room. Thank you.

Jenny bedell

December 11, 2017

I just bought a rug for under the dining room table it matches beautiful the walls and the area bu when I put a table cloth on the table it seems to clash. Should I worry about that. Thank you. It seems if I want everything to work I need almost a solid rug. This is muted grey with red around border and some pale yellow in the fabric. Thank you


November 17, 2017

I have a log cabin. Im having a hard time choosing rug color, which is one thing I know was said not to worry about. With children, I need a dark rug but the room is already very dark. I have no clue on what to choose. I’ve waited years because of it.


July 25, 2017

Finish your dining, living or bedroom to perfection with these easy tips for choosing the right rugs. There are several different ways to decorate with a rug like Get Ideas for a Color Scheme, Dress up Wall etc. Thank you so much for sharing useful & popular tips. Keep sharing such kind of blogs. Thank you!!

Carol Schroeder

July 08, 2017

Can I put two of the same rug in different shapes in the same area. I am trying to give the effect of one large room.

Manasvi Damani

May 18, 2017

I have a huge confusion while selecting the colour of rug n curtains for my living room ..the colour of room is peach n sofa are cream n furniture is black ..pls suggest the colour of rug n curtains


February 13, 2017

I have living and dining combo. The rug under dining table is red black printed over beige color. If I put a orange, cream and grey strips rug in my living room, will that look good.


January 24, 2017

I don’t usually have trouble with decorating decisions for myself or for others. I’ve sold art work for 27 years. But I’m having difficulty choosing a dining room rug. Draperies’ prominent is deep burgundy/wine with other accent colors. Should a 9×12 rug repeat the bold color, or just the opposite, with the burgundy in less prominence ? Thank you for tne help!

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Placing the correct size rug in your space is as important as choosing the right color or pattern. A rug that it is too small will shift the balance of the room unfavorably. A rug that is too big, especially in open floor plans, may put the area designations off. There are a few rules of thumb, but a picture says it better. Use these handy guides by Interior Designer Lisa Ferguson to make the best choice.


Living Room Size Guide



Dining Room Size Guide


Bedroom Size Guide

Bedroom Size Guide 2

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All guides by Lisa Ferguson, Interior Designer  Follow on Twitter @decormentor